Orkney Islands Council
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Orkney Core Path Plan Review

Orkney’s core paths plan identifies a framework of paths that provide local people and visitors with opportunities to enjoy and get around the countryside across the islands.

Local authorities are required to review their core paths network periodically, and Orkney Islands Council has recently carried out this exercise and has published an updated version of the plan in draft form.

“A formal consultation on this will take place later this year,” said Planning Manager Stuart West. “But in the meantime we would encourage land owners and people who use the paths to look at changes we are proposing and provide us with their initial views, comments and ideas.

“Many of suggested changes for the core paths network have come about as a result of discussions with land owners and path users over the years since the plan was first adopted.

“If you own land, or use paths, where changes are proposed – please get in touch with us. We hope to get as much feedback as possible, as this will help shape the final version of the Council’s updated core paths plan.”

This informal consultation will take place from Monday 10 July until Monday 28 August 2017.

The Draft Core Paths Plan, including maps showing the proposed changes, is available in PDF format via the "Related Downloads" section of this page.

Paper copies are available to view during normal opening times at the following locations:

  • Orkney Islands Council Customer Services, Kirkwall.
  • Kirkwall Library.
  • Warehouse Buildings in Stromness.
  • Mobuile Library Van.

Feedback can be provided until 17:00 on Monday 28 August 2017.

You can send your comments via email, by telephone 01856873535, extension 2541, or by writing to the Access Officer, Development and Marine Planning, Council Offices, Kirkwall KW15 1NY.

If you require any of the maps at a higher resolution please contact us by email, and we will send you a JPEG version of the map.